'''Martin Heidegger''' (;
[[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/heidegger "Heidegger"]. ''Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary''.]
; 26 September 188926 May 1976) was a German philosophy|German philosopher
and a seminal thinker in the Continental philosophy|Continental
tradition and philosophical hermeneutics
, with a growing influence on Analytic philosophy
. According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy|IEP
, he is "widely acknowledged to be one of the most original and important philosophers of the 20th century."
Heidegger is best known for his contributions to Phenomenology (philosophy)|Phenomenology
, though as the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy|SEP
cautions, "his thinking should be identified as part of such philosophical movements only with extreme care and...